This is a contributor’s blogpost …
Delivery & shipping is an area of concern for most businesses that sell products to customers. There needs to be a way of getting their orders to them as quickly as can be. Some companies think it’s smarter to take care of all this in-house and personally deliver products. However, it’s argued by the vast majority that outsourcing is the best way forward.
Why? Well, here are a few reasons your business should opt for third-party delivery & shipping companies:
Safer For Your Business
Working with a third-party delivery company ends up being much safer for your business. How? Well, most of these companies drive massive trucks full of different products from different businesses. Now, you don’t need to be a truck accident attorney to know that this type of vehicle can cause plenty of accidents on the roads. If you owned the vehicles and it was one of your drivers that got into an accident, then the blame falls on you. But, when it’s a third-party company doing the driving, then you’re not guilty of anything. As such, your business is safe from potentially being prosecuted or losing a lot of money in a lawsuit.
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Much More Cost-Effective
The only way that delivering products yourself is cost-effective is if you’re the one that delivers them and you use your personal vehicle to do so. Otherwise, you’ll likely have to employ drivers, rent trucks, find somewhere to store the trucks, and so on. All the costs will quickly add up, which is why outsourcing is just more cost-effective. You pay a set fee, and a delivery company does all the hard work for you. It makes your overhead costs more manageable, and you don’t have to worry about hiring employees and giving them expensive benefits either.
Expands Your Market Reach
Perhaps an underrated feature of using a third-party shipping company is that it expands your market reach. If you deal with deliveries all by yourself, then it’s very likely you’ll have to restrict yourself on where you deliver to. Is it possible to deliver things to customers hundreds of miles away? Possibly not, but a third-party company certainly can. They have bases all over the country, and drivers that can pick things up and take them pretty much anywhere. As such, outsourcing helps you open up your customer market and reach people further away. Therefore, you don’t restrict your sales and make more money.
As you can see, this method of doing things seems like the common sense approach. I understand why some people want to handle it themselves, but delivery & shipping is very hard to stay on top of. Yes, you get full control over things when you’re in charge, but there are way too many disadvantages that outweigh this one advantage. If you want what’s best for your business – and for your customers as well – then outsourcing delivery & shipping is the right thing to do. There are loads of companies to choose from, and they usually offer price plans that cater to different budgets, so small businesses can use them as well!